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Music Therapists

Music Therapists

Renee Berg / Monster Contributing Writer

Stouffer totes her large cart of music and instruments to her patients’ hospital rooms to personalize each therapy session for both adults and children. She might play music to relieve a child’s anxiety over having his dressing changed or lullabies for a sick infant. She may help school-age patients create their own songs and rhymes or let them play instruments themselves.

Meanwhile, Dinsmore at Masonic Village offers music therapy sessions throughout the day to groups of eight to 25. She also visits the ill and dying in their rooms and helps catalog every resident’s musical preferences, so she knows what to play for them.

Solo Work

Some healthcare facilities have music therapy divisions with two to four therapists, and many have student interns on staff. But often a music therapist is a facility’s only such specialist, working under supervisors who aren’t music therapy experts.

To broaden music therapy awareness, Dinsmore extends herself beyond Masonic Village’s small music therapy staff by working with students, giving presentations at conferences and inviting healthcare colleagues to attend her sessions.

“Music brings out what’s still there,” she says. “It finds parts of a person that are still whole and encourages them to respond.”

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